by Allyson Chiu


Guam - Emotions ran high on Day 8 of the Chad DeSoto trial as Shizuko Takeuchi was called to the witness stand. Takeuchi is the aunt of Rie Sugiyama, one of the people attacked and killed by DeSoto on the night of his rampage through Tumon.


"I'm sure everyone understands how hard it is to lose a friend, but it was really hard losing Rie Sugiyama," said Takeuchi. "She was nice to everyone."  


Takeuchi was shopping in the ABC Store when DeSoto's car crashed into it. She recalls hearing her sister, Sugiyama's mother, shout that Sugiyama had been stabbed. Takeuchi teared-up on the stand as she described walking down to the sidewalk and seeing the other victim, Katsuko Uehara, lying face down on the ground. Behind Uehara, she saw her niece being given CPR.


The trial continues on Monday at the Superior Court of Guam.